Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
As we enter the fifth week of really hot weather, it’s unsurprising that things are very slow and fishing conditions continue to be difficult. De-spite this, a few anglers have managed to catch 1 or 2 fish mostly on Hare’s Ears and Buzzers. Fish are deep as the water is very warm. However, we have seen fish in the margins that seem lethargic despite our ongoing efforts to keep the oxygen levels sufficient for them. We are closed for August (1 - 31) and we have pre-ordered a large restock with some larger weight rainbows (2-4lb) and they will be delivered September 10. All news and updates are on our Facebook page or on our website www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk We look forward to a turn in the weather and a great fishing season ahead once things cool down a bit.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
The Fishery policy of weekly stocking pays dividends at this time of year with fresh fish added to the resident stock producing the best pos-sible chance of sport. Fish have continued to feed just sub-surface with red, orange or claret dry flies producing good results when used in combination with nymph patterns. Creditable returns this week include on Thursday 12th for season permit holder Phil Hull who recorded 10 fish to his boat on the South Lake (drifts out of Rainbow Corner on an east-southeast breeze) using claret dry flies. Phil reported that the late afternoon and evening was particularly good with plenty of rising fish. On the same day 2 visiting rods from Darwen in Lancashire, Messrs. G.& S. Martin, paired up in a boat and returned 16 fish to the boat, all to dry fly tactics. Regular visiting rod Tim Buckett enjoyed some excel-lent sport during the late afternoon and evening with 10 fish to his boat. On Friday 13th there was certainly no bad luck for visiting rod Neil Bar-low – his first visit to the reservoir this season saw him record 14 fish, the best being a 4lb 6oz rainbow, with boat partner Ron Powell taking the boat total to 18. Not too far behind were their friends and fellow visitors Steve Ratcliffe and Billy Stubbs with a boat total of 12, all caught on claret dry flies on the South Lake. On the 14th there was a good bank return for permit holder Eddie Biddle with 7 fish, all caught on dry flies in a few hours’ sport. Rounding off the week on Sunday 15th was season permit holder Gerald Sweetmore with a superb bank angling session, returning 10 fish, all caught on Daddy Longlegs imita-tions, in just 2.5 hours – the best of these being a stunning 4lb 2oz rainbow.
Best areas: Mary Lou’s, Mickledale, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into St. Stephen’s Bay, drifts across the centre of the South Lake, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only)
Best dries: Orange CDC Hopper, Red Hopper, Red Shipman’s Buzzer, Claret or Red Shipman’s Sugar Lump, Red Shuttlecock CDC, Daddy Longlegs.
Best lures: small white marabou lures, Orange Blob, Yellow Blob.
Best nymphs/wets: Kate McLaren, Invicta, Pearly PTN, Pearly Diawl Bach, Cruncher.
Best fish: Neil Barlow, 4lb 6oz rainbow, boat, Diawl Bach.
With the school summer holidays almost upon us we would like to re-mind potential visitors that accompanied children are welcome at Blith-field where under-10s can fish for free and accompanied 11-16 year olds able to fish for just £10 per day. To book a free, one-off tuition and guidance session please call us 01283 840284. Please note that all children (16 and under) must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Lovely quality fish coming to the net this week with no signs of stress due to the hot bright weather conditions. When we have cloud cover the fish are actively feeding on the surface but most fish are found in the deeper parts of the lakes. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday July 21 at 9.30am in the fishing lodge. New members are welcome. The fishery will be open to all other anglers on this day. Stocking all 3 lakes every week.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Fishing continues to be difficult with high water temperatures. At one point last week the water temperature was 23.4C at just 2 foot down. Best results have been fishing at the top of the wind where the water is clearer. Catches will improve as soon as we have a few cooler days. For the week July 9 – 15 the 84 anglers caught 237 fish of which 172 were returned. Best fish 6lb 8oz to Trevor Maycock, from North-ampton, on an Orange Booby; 5lb 7oz Tim Castle, Leicester, Cat’s Whisker, boat; 5lb 4oz Mal Broughton, Grantham, Red Apps’, boat. Best bank areas are dam and east arm. Best boat areas dam end in a north wind, pylon point or east arm in a southerly. Best patterns Dam-sel Nymph, Red Diawl Bach, Red Apps’, Black Buzzer, and black/green lures. Sunday November 11 is the date of the Fur & Feather competition. Boat and bank anglers are welcome to enter.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Once again, the reservoir has basked in more or less nonstop sun-shine with afternoon temperatures reaching in excess of 25C although the water temperature appears to have stabilised at around about 21C. However, the stronger north easterly winds of last week have been re-placed by lighter winds from a variety of directions. The cascade is still running as water is extracted from the Dove and pumped into Fore-mark, but nevertheless we are now seeing a daily drop in the surface level in excess of 50 centimetres as the reservoir is used to supply wa-ter to the East Midlands. The undercurrents around the tower and the dam wall are still attracting a lot of fish with the additional benefits of the nearby aerators which continue to operate.
The fishing remains challenging but anglers using tried and tested hot weather tactics have had some successful days. The daily rod average during the week has has at times topped five with the far side of the reservoir from 3 & 4 buoys down to the valve tower being the most productive area. The cascade continues to offer opportunities as water is pumped into the reservoir. The marginal weedbeds and high-water temperatures continue to make life very difficult for those anglers want-ing to fish from the bank, the pontoons and dam wall being their best option as they provide an opportunity to cast into deeper water.
On Monday, novice Luke Archer joined regular Scotty Wilson in a boat and landed 4 out of a catch of 10. Scotty returned on Tuesday and caught a further 5 while Shaun Leak used a Green Snake on a Di-7 for his 5 fish. DCAC member Mr R. Price visited on Wednesday morning and landed 7 fish using a static bBlob fished between 25 and 30 feet down near the valve tower, while the Parkers fished together and land-ed 5 to the boat using similar tactics with all their fish coming in the morning. On Thursday Scott Wilson took the best fish of the week, a nice 4lb rainbow, which was one of 4 fish he tempted using a Perch Fry pattern on a Di-7, but Friday proved to be very difficult day with only one angler catching more than a single fish. Saturday saw only 3 boats in the water, but Mr Middleton and Rowley landed 4 and lost 2 using Boobies on a Di-7. Anglers are reporting seeing some fish moving on top and chasing fry but lures (such as Snakes, tubes, Boobies, Fry pat-terns, Humungus or Fritz) on a fast sinking line are accounting for most of the fish caught. Mornings are providing the best opportunities for catching fish with little action during the afternoon, although the fish seem to become more willing to feed in the evening.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The continuing hot weather has resulted in very challenging fishing conditions. However, those anglers that adapted to the hot, bright con-ditions were rewarded with some “great dry fly sport” and some “nice fish”. CDCs, Griffith’s Gnats and Shipmans have all worked remarkably well this week with the majority of the fish landed on various small dries. Some larger fish have been landed this week, with two anglers landing fish at 10lb-plus. Lol Seddon used Buzzers and dries to land 5 fish between both lakes. Gateshead angler, David Todd used a CDC and safely released 10 fish to Coe Crag. Derek Todd from Morpeth al-so used a CDC to return 5 fish to Coe Crag. David Wilson from Mor-peth landed 5 fish from Coe Crag using a Griffith’s Gnat. S. Narbrough used a Foam Beetle and Blobs to safely return 8 fish between both lakes, he caught 4 fish from the boat. Cramlington angler Les Dinsmore safely released 5 fish to Long Crag using a Daddy Longlegs. Anthony Dinsmore also from Cramlington used various dries to land 4 fish from Long Crag. Mick Brown from Bedlington returned 7 fish from Long Crag using various dries. Blyth angler C. Tait used Buzzers to re-turn 5 fish to Coe Crag. Stu Ward from Newcastle landed 6 fish from Long Crag using Flappers.
Thrunton also welcomed students from The Glendale Middle school, who all took part in various different activities including casting instruc-tion, entomology and fly tying. A good day was had by all and they left with a better casting technique and full of knowledge. Well done!
Thrunton is hosting the UK Junior Troutmasters final this weekend July 21-22. All are welcome to come along and support these talented young anglers.
PLEASE NOTE – Due to the adverse weather conditions Coe Crag lake will be closed from Saturday July 14 in preparation work for the Trout-masters UK Junior final held on July 21-22. Apologies to regular an-glers for any inconvenience caused.